Bright Star Synopsis
In the years before his early death, poet John Keats shares an intense romance with Fanny Brawne.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A fine-boned, luminous tribute to Keats and the sufferings of love.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Intimate as a whisper, immediate as a blush, and universal as first love, the PG-rated film positively palpitates with the sensual and...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Campion's big-sisterly encouragement of Cornish's lovely, openhearted performance -- and Whishaw's well-matched response -- results in a...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jane Campion has performed her own feat of romantic imagination.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Bright Star may not be a joy forever but it will do until the next joy comes along.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Bright Star is a thing of beauty and a joy for a movie season that needs it.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What Campion does is seek visual beauty to match Keats' verbal beauty. There is a shot here of Fanny in a meadow of blue flowers that is so...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Bright Star is the New Zealand writer-director's raw, sensual attempt to render Keats as experienced by a young girl who couldn't...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There's nothing exceptional about Jane Campion's historical biography, but it's a sufficiently lovely tale to suit romantics with a taste...
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BRIGHT STAR - burned dazzlingly in the firmament! GRADE: B-PLUS (Based on a advance VIP press preview)

Wed. Sept. 16. Director Jane Campion has done it again! Ms. Campion excelled at infusing her period dramas with the perfect ambiance/mood and took great care to maintain a steady pace throughout...

Gorgeous and romantic and Romantic

By LadyHawke47
This is gorgeous. Jane Campion has made a movie like a Keats poem: engaging all the senses; perfectly capturing a series of exquisite moments; a place where poetry is spoken as naturally as "leaves...

A Beauty of a Film, but not for everyone

By chrysanthemum11
I realize my tastes are specialized when it comes to films. If you like a. literature and especially poetry; b. period flicks; c. moody British/Australian actors; d. thoughtful scriptwriting and...

Bright Star. Bright Indeed!

By Optimism
"A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER." And that is the exact description of this perfect film, the true tale of one of history's most passionate and heartbreaking love stories. If you adore Jane...


By Glencorse
If you love Keats this is a must see movie. If you are moved by a doomed love go to this movie. It is very slow, as fits the era, it is beautifully styled and the art direction is superb. The...

Bright Star Shines

By pennyprints
Made the way films should be made with a distinctive voice and rhythm. A work of art....

Masterpiece Theater on the big screen

By PECurls
I enjoy period films and Masterpiece Theater so I (mostly) liked Bright Star. Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw were quite good as the young ingenue who falls for the starving poet but I didn't find that...

Bright Star illuminates love and loss of the 19th century

By Esthergreenwood
One thing I will say is that if you enjoy period pieces this film will be a delight. If not, then maybe not so much. The cinematography on this film was absolutely breathtaking. I have nothing...

Poetic Period Piece

By parsonsdavid
This movie is hard to categorize as "good" or "bad." Some may find it exceptionally enjoyable, and others will find it somnolent. Based on the true story of John Keats, the photography,...

John Keats Deserves Better

By jilldango
Admittedly, I am a huge Keats fan. I have been in love with him since I first discovered his odes in the early college years. I had great anticipation for this film and I'm sad to say I was...

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Rated PG | For brief language, thematic elements, some sensuality and incidental smoking
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.
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